Egypt on the Brink as Protesters Defy Curfew
Anti-Mursi protesters defied a curfew in the towns of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez last night, with fresh clashes erupting between police and protesters. Amidst the violence, the head of the Egyptian military has warned that political turmoil is pushing the country to the brink of collapse.
In Port Said, where violence first erupted following a court ruling which handed down death sentences to a group of football hooligans, at least two men died in fighting last night. The death toll in Port Said has now reached at least 42.
In Ismailia crowds chanted “Down, down with Mohamed Mursi! Down, down with the state of emergency!”, whilst in the capital Cairo protesters set fire to a number of vehicles.
Egypt on the Brink
General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a statement on Tuesday explaining that troops had been deployed in order to protect the Suez canal, a vital shipping route which is at the heart of Egyptian trade. In his statement, which was published on the army’s official facebook page, the country’s most senior military commander also warned that:
“The continuation of the struggle of the different political forces … over the management of state affairs could lead to the collapse of the state.”